Health Hazard Warning!
While weather patterns in the Pacific Northwest continue to be slightly different from the past (snow in late March!) the Evergreen State and nearby neighbors are getting their fair share of moisture as golfers settle in for the start of the golf season with the year's first major. This annual event is always looked upon with anticipation; however, the unrealistic expectations of quality playing conditions by players at their home course following the last putt on Sunday, often leads to a difficult time for golf course superintendents. With this in mind, please remember the following:
- Your home course is probably not televised annually for a major championship andâ€¦
- Your players are not among the greatest players in the world. In factâ€¦
- Your best players could not handle the green speed and firmness provided for the best players in the world. In additionâ€¦
- Your course may take a break for several months, but it is generally during the colder time of the year. Turf just resuming its growth in April cannot be pushed to the type of conditions noted on television screens in warmer climates. This then leads to one irrefutable factâ€¦
- The fastest greens are those without turf cover, commonly referred to as dirt. In addition to the high cost of labor and materials needed to create major championship playing levels, the following is offered as a public warningâ€¦
- "Don't attempt to do this at home folks. It could be hazardous to your (turf) health!"
Larry Gilhuly offers this and other turf health advice as part of the USGA Green Section TAS (Turf Advisory Service) in the Northwest Region. Give him ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) 253-858-2266 or Derf Soller ( email@example.com ) 970-314-7670 a call if you wish to have them visit your golf course in 2008.